1 year of Wedded BLISS [ 8.31.15 ]

One year ago today, I walked down the aisle and said ‘I Do’ to my soulmate.

Soulmate… how cliché right? I know. BUT it’s true. There is no one in my life that knows me and accepts me for me, the way my husband does.

I remember our wedding day like it was yesterday. You can’t control everything on your big day so we just went with the flow and the whole night was just truly magical. I never got a chance to post about our Wedding Day so I wanted to share with everyone some pictures from the day as well as post about our amazing vendors.

Enjoy :)

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Our wedding was picture perfect, but the whole day wouldn’t have been as successful as it was if it wasn’t for our amazing vendors so I owe a huge THANK YOU to each and every one of them! Feel free to message me if you need any direct e-mails to contact them. I truly loved every vendor we chose and would recommend them to everyone.

1st and foremost, my Mom! She came up with the design of the decor down the aisle as well as the center pieces and not only set everything up herself with the help from my florist, but purchased all the details.

Cinematography: Live Picture Studios – Words cannot describe how happy we were with the work from Live Picture Studios. From our Cinematic Highlight to the Regular Edit, we were just blown away. I HIGHLY recommend them. You can check out our Highlight film HERE.

Entertainment: Mystical Entertainment – My husband and I had a special place in our hearts for the DJ Company we went with because we all went to the same school together. Having 2 people DJ your wedding that you basically grew up with is pretty special in itself but in general John & Mike always go above and beyond for ALL of their clients to make your special night a memorable one. Our guests were on the dance floor from the minute we walked in until we had to leave. They will walk you through every step of the process from the ceremony to the reception and make sure they deliver exactly what you expect and much more. We can’t thank them enough. Everyone always says there are 2 things people will always remember from your wedding.. the food & the music. It’s safe to say that a year later we still get compliments on how amazing they were.

Ceremony & Reception Location: Grand Marquis / Officiant: Cari Chrisostomou Schonfeld Photographer: Photovisions / Floral Designer: Vine & Branches Floral Designs / Wedding Gown Designer: Mori Lee / Shoes: Kate Spade / Formal Attire: Calvin Klein   / Hair Stylists: Lucia Viola & Verve on Location / Makeup Artists: Benita Negron & Wandy Soto

Dressing the Bump

Before getting pregnant I never really thought about what an adjustment shopping would be once I was sporting a baby bump. I didn’t really POP until 25 weeks so I was able to wear my pre-pregnancy tops with maternity skinny jeans or my regular dresses with no issues. I’m now 33 weeks and it’s a total different ball game. Here’s a look at some of my favorite maternity & non maternity pieces any prego can pull off!

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Jessica Simpson Maternity Distressed Skinny Jeans – $49.00

I live in these skinnys and always receive compliments when I have them on. Most people are surprised to hear they are actual maternity jeans.

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Jersey Knit T-Shirt Dress – $23.00

I’ve always been a big fan of Forever21. There’s not many shops that have larger sizes that are in trend at affordable prices. This particular piece is from the Contemporary line which runs about 1/2-1 full size larger. I purchased this dress in 2 colors, both in Large, and they fit amazing and I still have room to grow in them. This dress is perfect for showing off your bump while staying comfortable.

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Ivory Printed Maxi Dress – sale $42

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Black Cream Print Maxi Skirt – sale $41

I recently received both of these items from my friends over at Pink Blush Maternity and I cannot wait to share the pictures and fit with you. This is the perfect shop for you Mom’s to be! They have a large variety of everything maternity from maxi dresses, to tanks, accessories and even hospital robes.

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Asos Maternity Essentials Pack – $81.00

Black is always my go to color so this variety pack is a must for me. You receive 4 pieces that can be worn dozens of ways and each piece is super comfy. Add a necklace or cardigan to the dress to achieve an evening look or throw on the leggings with a flowy colorful top for a fun on the go day look. Your options are endless.

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All 3 of these dress are from H&M Maternity and are all under $25! I highly recommend H&M Maternity for affordable, trendy and fabulous maternity wear. From basics to a night out on the town – they have it all.

What are your favorite stores to shop at for fun & trendy outfits while pregnant?

LUNA by FOREO for Normal/Sensitive Skin

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I always like to switch up my skin regimen every few months. If I stay using the same products I tend to break out so I’m always on the look out for new creams as well as devices that I can include.

I’ve been using the LUNA by Foreo for a few weeks now and I am beyond happy with my results. The LUNA is a silicone facial brush for sensitive to normal skin that channels both T-sonic pulsations for deep and gentle cleansing, and lower-frequency pulsations to reduce the signs of aging. The LUNA for Sensitive/Normal Skin’s brush surface features thinner silicone touch-points for gentle cleansing, with an area of thicker touch-points grouped towards the top for deeper, precision cleansing. The antiaging surface on the reverse side consists of a series of concentric silicone waves. The LUNA reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and leaves the skin looking and feeling firmer and more elastic. It removes dead skin cells and unclogs pores of dirt, oil, and makeup residue, while enhancing the absorption of your favorite skincare products.

This product makes my skin feel like new! It deep cleans and gently exfoliates your skin. I love that it is not harsh on my sensitive skin and that I can use it everyday if I want.

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Welcome to the 30’s Club!

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Another BirthDAY in the books! So many people view turning 30 as a scary thing but I found it to be quite the opposite. Maybe it’s because my nephew told me I look more like 23 than 30 lol but I think most of all it’s because while turning 30 I also happen to be 30 weeks pregnant. This birthday marks the last “Party of 2” and the beautiful chapter of parenthood will soon begin. I also feel so much more thankful this year. I’m thankful for my INCREDIBLE husband, my family (which includes my girls because they are not just friends to me), all the new people I have had the chance to connect & create friendships with as well as all the opportunities that have come my way. Thank you everyone for the beautiful messages & birthday wishes. Cheers to entering the #30Club!! [7.14]

Harajuku Lovers Pop Electric Tea Party w/ Gwen Stefani!

LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 10:  Singer Gwen Stefani attends Harajuku Lovers #PopElectric High Tea at The Ebell Club of Los Angeles on July 10, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for BeautyCon)

BeautyCon Digital Influencers filled the tea party at the Ebell Theatre put on by icon Gwen Stefani. Gwen wanted to celebrate her line Harajuku Lovers with the whose who of YouTube. Over 90 YouTube stars were invited to high tea with Gwen Stefani where guests could meet her and her children, check out the 5 fragrances of Harajuku Lovers line, and nosh on yummy desserts and sip on tea drinks and lemonade. Gwen walked in as her parents were already there with her two youngest children. She arrived with eldest Kingston and immediately assessed the tea party. Gwen went right up to the famous you tubers, such as Kandee Johnson and Bunny Meyer, and immediately got to know them.  Gwen mentioned that 20 years ago no one would have ever have thought YouTube digital stars would be so influential, or even knew how important social networks would be. She wanted to celebrate her line with the influencers of the digital world because she understands how important it is to have your own voice while creating content. Gwen continued to advocate that people need to celebrate themselves, and that we need to be proud of the creators we are.  Gwen’s children had a great time, they enjoyed crafts while Gwen Mingled. Gwen made it a point to take a photo with every digital influencer who attended, she answered every Q&A, she even took the entire family and her entertainment team into the photo booth for a group shot. Gwen was the last to leave. She stayed until the party was over with her family. She is humble, nice, direct, beautiful, and down to earth – something you rarely see in a megastar. She is an example of “hard work pays off”.

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 Some highlights from the event included:

-Gwen spoke to partygoers about her new single with Eminem

-Her beauty secrets

-How she feels about the 20 years since Tragic Kingdom album

-What is new with her with all her fashion lines in addition to L.A.M.B

-How she handles Motherhood, and being a good mom.

-Guests enjoyed treats by sprinkles and catering by urban palate

-Guests got makeup makeovers by Urban Decay

-Guests received nail art by China Glaze